Good morning and Welcome to Church! May I please ask you a simple question? Are you saved? If you were to die now, do you have the blessed assurance in your mind and in your soul that you would spend eternity in
heaven? Do you rest peacefully knowing your eternal resting place is in
heaven, or are you troubled and afraid of death?
In Acts 16, we see the miraculous story of Paul and Silas who were stripped and beaten and thrown into prison for preaching the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The story tells us that at about
midnight, as they were in prison praying and singing hymns, the foundations of the prison were shaken and the doors to the cells flew open and every
prisoner’s chains came loose. Their chains were broken! The jailer was
terrified and he was about to kill himself out of fear, but then Paul and Silas said the most wonderful words to him, “Do not harm yourself! We are all here.” Despite their beating and brutal imprisonment, they chose to love this man who had determined that he would end his life out of fear.
The jailer responded to this love and powerful move of God by asking the simple question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they replied, “Believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” And in a single
moment, that jailer’s life and eternity was changed forever.
In some translations it says “Believe IN the Lord Jesus Christ” and then in others it says “Believe UPON the Lord Jesus Christ,” and then there are a few other renderings of those Greek words. But, the point in all of them, in that little word, is not just the believing IN Jesus. No, you must believe UPON Jesus to be saved. What’s the difference? Well, it’s quite simple, really. A lot of
people believe IN things and many of them are not true and they probably wouldn’t risk their life upon things that they say they just believe IN. But, when you believe UPON something, you rest your life UPON it.
Simply put, the things that you believe IN might change as you grow from childhood to adulthood, but the things you learn to believe UPON are the things that you rest your life UPON because you know they are absolutely true. So, my question to you is this: Are you surely saved?
All for Jesus,